I had a set similar to these a couple years ago but they didn't last a full year. When I saw these on Groupon, I had to try again! These seem to be higher quality and a little brighter, too, so I'm expecting longer life. I was looking for some mood lighting to put under the railing around my deck and these are perfect. They add a subtle touch of light without being so bright that they affect the ambience. Perfect to sit out on my deck with a couple candles, a glass of wine and these lights!